Soft Skills

A firm handshake. Looking people in the eye when you’re talking to them. Using courteous and professional language. A positive attitude. These are examples of soft skills – personal attributes that enable someone to interact effectively and harmoniously with other people. Soft skills are just as important as having the professional skills for the job at hand. 

 


Soft skills at-a-glance

The top five soft skills: Positive attitude, organization, work ethic, emotional intelligence, resilience.

What you wish you'd known before your job interview. The five questions most likely to be asked: Tell me about your experience; why do you want to work for us; what do you know about our company; why did you leave your last job; tell me about yourself.

How to ace the phone interview: Answer phone clearly; short and direct responses; smile, it changes the tone of your voice; pick the right place to talk.

How to make a good first impression at a job fair: Research the employers, dress professionally, practice your sales pitch, bring plenty of resumes.

The thank you note: Use snail mail, handwritten; make it personal; keep it short; use simple stationery.

Three steps to a positive online presence: Google yourself; create or update your LinkedIn profile; monitor your presence on a regular basis.

 

Qualities of a great employee: Humble, determined, independent, dependable, passionate, self-confident, innovative, optimistic, honest.

 

 


How to prepare for an interview

Use the “Ultimate Job Search Guide for Teens!” to help land the job of your dreams! You’ll find helpful tips about presenting yourself and interview techniques inside. OPEN THE ULTIMATE JOB SEARCH GUIDE FOR TEENS! 

Check out the following video for more ideas!

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